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experts took samples from the remains of yasser arafat today, hoping to determine once and for all if the late palestinian leader was poisoned. arafat died in 2004. his body was briefly exhumed today in ramallah, on the west bank. we have a report from john ray of independent television news. >> reporter: eight years after they buried him they sealed yasser arafat's tomb for a second time. a dignified ceremony. the palestinian's lost leader has not been allowed to rest peacefully. shielded by blue screens, scientists took samples from his body to try to clear up a near decade of conjecture on the spf theory that says that when a gravely ill arafat said farewell to his people he was dying from the poison administered by the agents of israel. >> the time has come to maybe try to find the proof of what has happened and to bring justice. i think he deserves and the palestinian people deserve it. >> reporter: to palestinians he was the ultimate fighter for freedom. to israelis, the face of terror. they cornered him first in lebanon and then to his west bankhead quarters. allowed at last
of yasser arafat was exhumed a few hours ago so the scientists can find out if the leader was poisoned to death. the move follows a documentary which reported that traces of the radioactive elements polonium had been found on his clothing. eight years after his death, what could this investigation uncovered? we have this report. >> it looks down from billboards and posters. the man who dominance -- dominated politics for decades. revered by most and reviled by many israelis, yasir arafat died in 2004 after falling suddenly and violently ill. eight years later, and beyond prying eyes, his tomb was opened and samples of his remains were removed. all of this after a tv documentary said it had found traces of the poison polonium on his clothing. for some of those who try to keep his memory alive, the exercise is pointless because they believe he was murdered. >> he was poisoned but we do not know exactly how it took place or how they manage to do that. >> you're convinced you was poisoned? >> yes. >> in opinions are divided in here. this man says arafat was killed because of palestinian in
, but without full membership. many in a yasser arafat a square felt this was a symbolic than significant day, were the of celebration. a little -- the political activists are happy, but know that the struggle continues. >> we learned not to get our hopes up, not to get high expectations. we will wait. but we feel that we are heading in the right direction. >> israeli control over the occupied territories will not end as a result of the u.n. vote. the palestinians say it will enhance the prospects of the two states living side by side. >> this enhanced status will not change much on the ground right now. but it will change the bid for a fully independent and sovereign state. they could theoretically pursue claims against israel's occupation in international criminal court. it has been a dramatic disaster for israel. ministers having to explain to their own people tonight why only a handful of nations, including the u.s., were backing down in the voting against the palestinian bid, which israel said was a move against peace. >> one thing is certain, we are not obligated anymore by any agreemen
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